Professor Carlson Interviewed by KPCC about Tougher Environmental Laws Proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown

January 6, 2015 – In a KPCC-89.3 FM segment about Gov. Jerry Brown being sworn in for his fourth term as California’s governor, Professor Ann Carlson was interviewed about Brown setting new environmental goals for 2030 and beyond.

The new goals are on top of climate change targets the state is already working toward. By 2020, California is supposed to have reduced greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels. The state must also get a third of its electricity from renewable sources.

“We’re in pretty good shape to meet those targets," said Prof. Ann Carlson, who focuses on environmental issues at the UCLA School of Law.

Carlson thinks Brown's new renewable energy goal is feasible, but the petroleum cut is a different story.

“That, in my view, is a very aggressive and pretty difficult goal to meet," Carlson told KPCC. "It’s also one, though, we’re going to have to figure out in order to reduce our carbon emissions to a level that is going to keep the planet from overheating.”
Listen to the segment.